Inflatable structures for side impact crash protection Patent #: 4966388
ApplicationNo. 666870 filed on 03/08/1991
US Classes:280/730.2, Mounted in vehicle and positioned laterally of occupant180/274, Responsive to engagement of portion of perimeter of vehicle with external object280/734Responsive to vehicle condition
ExaminersPrimary: Rice, Kenneth R.
Assistant: Dickson, Paul N.
Attorney, Agent or Firm
Foreign Patent References
International ClassB60R 021/16
Foreign Application Priority Data1990-03-13 JP
AbstractAn energy absorbing structure for a vehicle body side portion, includes a pair of vehicle body members constituting two side portions of a vehicle body, a pair of collision detection sensors for respectively detecting collisions on two side surfaces of the vehicle body, one air bag which is mounted in each vehicle body member, can be unfolded toward the interior of a passenger room, and can receive at least one passenger who is moved sideways by a side collision in an unfolded state, a timing varying unit for changing unfolding timings of the two air bags in accordance with a side-collision direction on the basis of detection results from the collision detection sensors, and an air bag unfolding device for unfolding the air bags in accordance with the unfolding timings set by the timing varying unit.